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How to attract Gen Y employees… SING!

The latest Gen Y viral video trend is something called "LipDub" -- where large groups of youngsters choreograph elaborate one-take videos in which they take turns lip-syncing a few lines each of a popular song. It might sound quite trivial to you and very YouTube, but the ones that are done well are actually quite infectious. And boy do they go viral. Here are two popular recent examples, one of which has a commercial purpose.

Drowning in high-fives, star ratings used online could soon go under

Online star rating systems are a great idea in principle, but unfortunately, they don't work. And no, not because of all the know-nothing trolls out there who saturate these ratings channels with their narcissistic critiques. The problem is that, when it comes to rating products online, the crowd is too nice.

Verizon attempts to dowse iPhone sizzle with iDon't ad

US telco Verizon seems to have settled on the open warfare tactic on behalf of Motorola's yet-to-be-released Droid handset. This ad, dubbed "iDon't", runs through all the things the iPhone doesn't do (that Droid does... or will).

Verizon attempts to dowse iPhone sizzle with iDon’t ad

US telco Verizon seems to have settled on the open warfare tactic on behalf of Motorola's yet-to-be-released Droid handset. This ad, dubbed "iDon't", runs through all the things the iPhone doesn't do (that Droid does... or will).

What you see when Google Wave crashes (screenshot)

I only have one other Wave contact, so I haven't exactly been Hanging Ten so far. Nevertheless, I just checked in and discovered this attentive message from my new guardian angel, The Doc. Perhaps Google's Chrome browser crashed Wave, but it's good to know The Doc is in my corner.

Here's a retail website that actually gets it right

From time to time a slick retail business's website grabs our attention. Take www.redshedcafe.com.au, the digital window to the real Red Shed Cafe located at Medhurst Wines in Victoria's Yarra Valley.

Here’s a retail website that actually gets it right

From time to time a slick retail business's website grabs our attention. Take www.redshedcafe.com.au, the digital window to the real Red Shed Cafe located at Medhurst Wines in Victoria's Yarra Valley.

Dead peeps and deleted tweets reveal some home truths. (Are you in control of...

Everything on the public web gets indexed and cached by Google, so even when we delete something it is still publicly accessible. The crisp click you hear when you hit the Enter key and send personal information into the digital wild is the sound of you relinquishing complete control over that information.

Google Wave explained in two minutes

For all the buzz about Google Wave, not many people can explain it well in a couple of minutes (even the overview by Google developers Lars Rasmussen and Stephanie Hannon took over 1h 20m!). What hope do we poor sods without an early beta invite have? Help at last. This brilliant, slick, two-minute video from EpipheoStudios.com explains Googles new communications platform/concept for the layperson.

Futurist Ross Dawson predicts the social technologies that will dominate in 2016

This week Ross Dawson released a list of extraordinary technologies he thinks will be commonplace seven years from now, in 2016.

New amphibious WaterCar will make your life awesome

At last, an amphibious car designed for The Dude. Californian-based WaterCar, Inc. builds high-performance cars that are also high performance boats. Now going for a cruise really means going for a cruise. Put the top down, turn the tunes up and head for the big blue. As this promotional video reveals, there are bound to be bikini-clad grads on Spring Break, hanging around waiting to cheer you - and your WaterCar Python - on.

The office enforcer (get ready for the pain)

This is an oldie but oh-so good. If your office discipline is waning, it might be time to keep your colleagues on their toes by bringing in an office enforcer. No HR gab-fests here. This is old school office discipline, Terry Tate-style. Hellll yeahhh.

Offer less choice to get more sales

Regular Anthill contributor Steve Sammartino published an interesting post on his blog this morning. Steve is in the process of tweaking the pricing model for his company Rentoid and relayed a nugget of advice offered to him by fellow entrepreneur Chris Pearson (founder of Skitch and Comic Life).

Most customers think you’re a liar

New research by Melbourne Business School Professor Karen Jehn has revealed that, in 80 percent of cases, customers who were actually being told the truth thought that they were being lied to.

Most customers think you're a liar

New research by Melbourne Business School Professor Karen Jehn has revealed that, in 80 percent of cases, customers who were actually being told the truth thought that they were being lied to.

Artist turns you into a one-off action figure doll on demand

If you find that you can't get enough of yourself, why not have a totally unique polymer clay doll created in your likeness? Sculpted by Cyndi Safstrom and made to order.

Microsoft’s Windows 7 launch party tutorial gets the YouTube treatment

As Kraft's iSnack 2.0 debacle illustrates, companies don't have much room for error these days when it comes to launching a new product. That is especially true if that company's name is Microsoft and that product is Windows 7, the latest iteration of the company's flagship product and the follow-up to the much maligned Windows Vista.

Microsoft's Windows 7 launch party tutorial gets the YouTube treatment

As Kraft's iSnack 2.0 debacle illustrates, companies don't have much room for error these days when it comes to launching a new product. That is especially true if that company's name is Microsoft and that product is Windows 7, the latest iteration of the company's flagship product and the follow-up to the much maligned Windows Vista.

New website aims to make engineering sexy for students

The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney used the occasion of Engineering Week to launch www.engineeringicons.org.au. The site is designed to encourage more high school students to see engineering as an interesting and viable career path.

Google ‘Trojans’ Internet Explorer with Google Frame

Google, seeking to win over Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) users to its new Google Chrome browser, has launched Google Frame, an IE plugin that runs Chrome inside IE.

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